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Media Release

Published: 10/06/2010

National Hispanic Cultural Center and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Celebrate Shared Indo – Hispano Rituals and Customs

October 16 – 17, 2010

     Albuquerque, NM - The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) are proud to announce the 3rd annual “From Field to Feast” celebration October 16 & 17 at both the NHCC and IPCC. The weekend celebration is a culmination of a 3-year grant from the New Mexico Community Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation exploring shared Indo-Hispano rituals and customs, in particular agricultural and culinary legacies of the Hispanic and Pueblo communities.
     On Saturday, October 16 from 9 am – 4 pm the IPCC will host a series of creative and interactive programs which include: bread making, pottery making, painting, weaving, storytelling, cooking demos, a chili cook-off and a Pueblo throw. The Dreaming New Mexico Film Series will also be held which is produced through a Bioneers collaborative project and showcases interviews with New Mexico farmers, growers and food producers. In a rare, historic performance, the Turquoise Moiety Matachina Dancers from Jemez Pueblo will perform this dance drama at 1 pm., followed by a presentation by Dr. Brenda Romero about this “the uniquely Jemez” performance. Former Zia Pueblo Governor, Gilbert Lucero and Peter Pino will discuss traditional Pueblo agriculture and their recent involvement in the National Museum of the American Indian’s Living Earth Festival along with NMAI Museum Staff. Ronald J. Solimon, IPCC President & CEO, reflects, “We are very proud that the collaborative leadership between the NHCC and the IPCC has brought a true cultural education experience to the citizens and guests of our State. The Field to Feast program represents the beginning of our work together to illustrate and educate the public about the convergence of the Hispanic and Native American cultures in New Mexico. Field to Feast events at the IPCC are included with regular admission: $6 adult, $5.50 seniors, $4 New Mexico residents, $3 students, free for children $5 under.
     On Sunday, October 17 from 1 pm – 4pm the NHCC will host bread baking and chicos demos, an artist panel discussion, food, farm and garden information tables, hands-on art, poetry readings, live music with Cultura Fuerte and The Big Spank, and cooking demonstrations by La Fonda del Bosque chef Daniel Baca and guests. The afternoon will conclude with a lecture on acequias, a performance by “Moving People Dance Española”, and a public conversation with Regis Pecos, Chief of Staff NM Legislature and Paula Garcia of the NM Acequia Association. NHCC Executive Director Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez shares, “We are very excited about this year’s program and are proud to be partnering with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. It is very important for us to showcase the shared histories of Native Americans and Hispanos. I think many people will be surprised with the rituals and customs that have been shared and that have evolved together. We are also very grateful to the New Mexico Community Foundation. All Field to Feast events at the NHCC are free on October 17th.
     For more information visit www.nhccnm.org and www.indianpueblo.org From Field to Feast is supported through the generous support of the New Mexico Community Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Additional support comes from The Center for Southwest Culture and La Montanita Co-op.
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